Commit to Comfort — 3 Comments

  1. Committing to comfort took me ages – years – more than a decade of lessons, three years of training, and a couple of years of teaching – and it goes on. The commitment needs to be renewed again and again.

    My advice to new students: I cannot tell them how long it takes. It is just like with giving up smoking: once someone has made the decision, nobody can tell them how long it will take. It is best to forget this question altogether and just keep renewing the commitment – to not smoke – again and again. It is the same with the commitment to the decision not to tighten one’s neck, shoulders, jaw, etc. It is really about the commitment to one’s decisions.

    The best we can do is create the best possible conditions for change to take place, healing to take place – if that is what we want. Create the best possible conditions for comfort to happen, for a more comfortable mode of being.

    Thank you for this post, Robert!

    • Magdalena – That’s a great way of thinking about the comfort question. I think some people are more natural “comfort seekers” and others have to, as you say, keep on renewing their commitment.


  2. I forgot to say that the obstacles I encountered were all of my own doing: my addiction to my own afflictions . My reluctance to take responsibility for my own choices – mainly out of fear that I might go wrong, or disappoint. And the fear that I might not get what I want. In other words, that the technique might work for others, but not for me. I am one by one encountering my own demons – recognising the muscular activity associated with them – and that gives me an angle for AT work on myself.

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